Rain gutters are fairly simple and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable parts of your home. Gutters help keep rain water off the siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your house.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them function more efficiently is a good investment as well.
Gutter guards are an affordable feature you can add to any style of gutters, and they work as a protective barrier for your gutters so debris and animals can’t get inside of them. Purchasing gutter guards can be a money-saving measure that you’ll be rewarded for for many years.
There are many styles of gutter guard. The type you choose to install depends on your available budget and the type of rain gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
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Typically, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. In the long run, you will save a lot of time and money by installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then small pieces pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard styles, all of them block larger leaves and pieces of debris from getting stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters quickly since it isn’t blocked by any debris. Water is one of the major causes of mold and mildew growth, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits the amount of time rain remains sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of your gutters and off the roof is often a constant battle. Every type of gutter guard prevents animals from crafting nests within the gutter. Many homeowners choose to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this job doesn’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards cut down the frequency that you need to clean out the gutters – or or hire a company to do it for you – so that you might only have to have them cleaned only once a year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is when embers fall inside of gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris gives the fire fuel until it grows and damages the roof, and then the entire house. A standard gutter guard installation can protect your home from the risk of fire.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets below-freezing temps, snow and sleet, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards can help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs purposefully redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof faster.
These are all issues that affect hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of the house. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it could be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run out and install the model you think will be the best – how much different could they really be, right? – you will still have to install them correctly. All things considered, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installation service do the job for you.
Not only will professional installation be a lot more reliable than DIY work, but a gutter guard service and installer is going to be able to suggest the best type of gutter system for your home in the first place. They are familiar with all of the styles, and they will consider each factor carefully when deciding their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard service will take into account when choosing the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are made for temporary use while some are built to last just as long as your gutters. The construction is a key role in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The type of gutter guards we would recommend for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in kind that do not require fastening to the gutters. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could destroy your gutters if they are not installed correctly.
Appearance – Some gutter guards boast a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are visible. If that is an important requirement, you will be limited on the style of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have on your home. If it is very important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it may be necessary to purchase new gutters too.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty, however most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Berkeley (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Berkeley Gutter Service install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them for FREE if there is any issue due to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in deciding which gutter guards you will have installed. We provide a range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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